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"Wanderlust" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Rudd and Aniston play a couple from the big city that lead a frenetic, fast paced life. When both lose their jobs, they decide to move to Georgia to live with family. On their way, they stop over for a night at a commune called Elysium, and their lives are forever changed by the community built on free love, pot and nudists.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated R, 145 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD MasterAudio
  • Starring: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and Alan Alda
  • Directed by: David Wain
Rating
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  • Violence: Comic
  • Sex: Yes & nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

One could argue that Wanderlust uses the same formula over and over involving raunchy jokes and dialogue and featuring the most nudity of any film in your recent memory (so that's what a prosthetic penis looks like!). In spite of the vulgarity and over-the-top hippie sub culture references, I found the movie to have many really funny moments...and even a bit of heart. Rudd plays the "every man" part so very well and he is easy to relate too. His scene where he talks to the mirror is...unique. Even Aniston does a rare good part in this film. Not for the prudish and definitely not for the kids, but you children of the 60's will chuckle. (Did I call myself an old hippie?)

Technical

Picture quality and sound are very good with lots of solid, natural colors (oh yes, and flesh tones, if you follow my drift). Sound is good with some great music and action in the surrounds. The special effects during the "tripping out" scenes were clever and amusing. Overall, a fine looking film with sound to match.

Extras

A plethora of added goodies: Commentary with director/writer/producer David Wain, writer/producer Ken Marino, actor/producer Paul Rudd, and impressions by Kevin Pollak, God Afton! behind-the-scenes featurette, Penis Envy mockumentary, The Elysium Campaign skit, "Elysium" webisode of Wainy Days, Deleted, extended/alternate scenes and Gag Reel. Oh, and don't forget to watch the "bizarro cut"!